20th August 2020 — Mayfield girls have continued the tradition of academic excellence this year with impressive GCSE results. Headmistress, Miss Antonia Beary, was full of admiration for the girls and the way in which they have met the challenges of this unprecedented year:
“This has been a difficult time for all pupils preparing for GCSEs and my heart goes out to them as they, and their parents, have had to cope with the prolonged uncertainty regarding public examinations this year. We are, therefore, immensely proud of all our girls, who have coped so well with the challenges of continued learning under lockdown, and who worked hard to achieve grades which reflect their ability and application. Most importantly, and independently of grades, we are confident that they are well-prepared for the academic and practical challenges of A Level study, and will continue to thrive in the supportive and aspirational Mayfield community.
"While our return to School in September will not be as conventional as usual, I am looking forward to the girls throwing themselves into the Sixth Form, and taking advantage of the many and varied opportunities available to them. As senior pupils, I know that they will prove strong role models to the younger girls, and continue to contribute generously to our wider community, both at home and overseas. I am also immensely grateful to all of our staff, who have provided exceptional support and encouragement to the girls throughout this period. Teachers’ expertise and dedication ensured the girls continued to apply themselves to their studies during lockdown, as the School community embraced a new way of learning with enthusiasm and positivity.”
Amongst the results, there are a number of wonderful personal accomplishments including for Arkwright Scholars, identical twins Victoria and Valeria, who are stalwarts of STEM Club. Each received the highest grade (9) in all 12 subjects. Victoria, who will be studying Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics at A Level, is delighted with her results and said: “I am grateful to all of my teachers for preparing me so well for GCSEs, even though we didn’t end up taking the exams. Looking to the future, I am very excited to be returning to School to study for my A Levels!”
Valeria, who will also be studying Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics added: “I am delighted to have received these grades and very thankful for all the guidance from my teachers. I look forward to focussing on my chosen A Level subjects, where I hope to continue to work hard and enjoy my time at Mayfield.”
Jemima, who also achieved 12 grade 9s and who will be taking A Levels in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Ceramics, said: “It has not been an easy year and I am glad that we received our results in the end today. I want to say ‘thank you’ to all of my teachers for their support, both in the classroom and during lockdown. I am really pleased with my grades and am hoping to go on to study Veterinary Medicine after my A Levels.”
Tatum, who received all 8s and 9s in her ten GCSE subjects, having joined Mayfield from South Africa in Year 10, is very much looking forward to studying Maths, Physics, Classical Civilisation and History next term: “Mayfield has provided me with an incredible opportunity and has been an amazing personal experience. I am reminded of a quote by Nelson Mandela – ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ A huge ‘thank you’ to Mayfield!”
Tabitha, who will be studying Latin, Classical Civilisation, History and Art for A Level, said: “I am so relieved that the results are finally through and I am over the moon with my 9s and 8s. I can’t wait to start my Sixth Form Studies at Mayfield and to seeing my teachers and friends in September. I am so happy!”
Mayfield offers an extensive Sixth Form curriculum, spanning the range of traditional academic subjects and a wide selection of creative and performing arts disciplines. Girls follow a tailored programme of study and, reflecting the rounded nature of a Mayfield education, many will balance a combination of arts and sciences. Mayfield has a tradition of cultivating academic excellence due, not least, to the equal value placed on every subject and the breadth of curriculum offered. Class sizes are small and inspirational teaching, from highly-qualified and dedicated staff, enables girls to flourish and excel. This commitment to the value of a broad education was highlighted during the lockdown period.
Sixth Form students also benefit from a specialist Enrichment Programme, which promotes critical and independent thought, and intellectual enquiry beyond the curriculum, as well as a Life Skills course, which prepares girls for the future through the development of key employment and practical skills. Personalised higher education and careers advice and guidance is provided by specialist advisors to support girls in making excellent informed choices. We are particularly proud of the progress and achievements of girls joining us in the Sixth Form.